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post #31 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 06:37 AM
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Before you pay ES's price on Moog parts, try checking RockAuto. Add to that RA's 5% discount, and you could save $13 or so off the ES price.

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Good add Ralph, I didn't think about that, but that is probably everyone's best bet. Gotta love RockAuto

Oh and is the list for just one side so you must double it up?

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post #33 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 12:09 PM
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Good add Ralph, I didn't think about that, but that is probably everyone's best bet. Gotta love RockAuto

Oh and is the list for just one side so you must double it up?
Yep, both list the same Moog part #, which is a single.

So you'd actually save $26 or so ...

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OK thanks for the input.
Yeah, I sent the link for the lca bushings because the frame side that they have did not have the description with them.
After reading a lot more post in the forums, I'm thinking my bushings may be in good shape. I tried to change them last week myself. But I found out that the lca would have to come off, so I stopped. And in the process of pushing, twisting on the strut rod, the front bushings was holding good, not about to come loose like a rotten piece would be.
Trunk Monkey, I thank you for your reply. But, I had all the pieces off in 05 when I replaced lca bushings, replaced uca, replaced shocks and springs. It's just that climbing under a car is not as fun as it used to be.
XR7 --- Yeah, that's one thing that I get tongue tied on. When I had the shocks and springs changed back in 05. They replaced the top, and I was thinking they called it a bearing plate. I guess, I mean I need to replace the upper shock mount.
This thing started bumping in the front end a couple years after this was replaced. And if these shock mounts are bad, then that shop may have put cheap parts on my shocks.

So, can the upper shock mounts allow some play and have a bumping noise. I replaced the Uca's last month and half of the noise when away. And, if they can allow noise, where would be a good place to get some. Energy suspension?
http://www.energysuspensionparts.com...rod=MOOG-K8632

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Yes I think the main reason why people were getting the strut rod frame side bushing kits is because the kit was discontinued and there aren't many left out there. See this thread;
Strut Rod Bushing E9SZ3A187A (Frame side)

If you think you may need to replace them in the next few years you may as well grab some now while they are still fairly easy to find because that's going to change. That thread also explains why you should use the OEM bushings and not polys. If those bushings are shot usually you'll hear a clunk when braking.

I know what you mean about shelling out $$$ every time you look at it but for me anyway I plan on keeping mine forever and bushings degrade for many reasons. I can't tell you how many I've replaced in the last 13 years.

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You know, I really appreciate your help. I don't get on here much cause I seem to be pulled in to many directions every day. And I don't have friends that work on cars like we did when we were in high school. So, when this bird drives me crazy, I come here and ya'll always are able to point me in a good directions....Thanks a lot.
After reading a lot of post, If I do change them, I will use OEM. But there is no noise when braking, like you just said. It is just that I have learned to replace hard to get to parts when I tear into something related. But these things may be good. I don't know, Just got insurance bill for truck today. Another bill at a bad time. I'm thinking about it. And I might go ahead and get the bushings for the future. I too like this car. Paid for. Looks pretty good. Don't see another around here like it. Motor, brakes good. Trans is a stock rebuild from previous owner.

But--------you have heard of the top shock mount being able to knock and make noise over the bad bumps?
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I haven't myself and don't know for sure if it would make noise but I'm sure someone does. I would think the only way to know for sure is take it apart which is a pain. Disconnect it from the LCA and see if it flops around, take it out and see what it looks like would be the best way to find out.

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OK, just ordered the strut rod bushings from Fordpartsgiant. Frame and lca bushings.


Checked out Rock auto.com For the top shock mounts, They have MEVOTECH Part # MP901970 Part {#MK8632}
for $ 17.00 each. Don't offer MOOG mounts.

Energy Suspension has Moog mounts Part Number: MOOG-K8632 for $50.77
Moog warranty is 1 yr
Mevotech Mevotech Supreme Chassis five (5) year or 100,000 km limited warranty

So, what do you think. Stick with the Moog or go with Mevotech?

Don't think I will order yet until I take them loose and check them out.
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OK, just ordered the strut rod bushings from Fordpartsgiant. Frame and lca bushings.


Checked out Rock auto.com For the top shock mounts, They have MEVOTECH Part # MP901970 Part {#MK8632}
for $ 17.00 each. Don't offer MOOG mounts.

Energy Suspension has Moog mounts Part Number: MOOG-K8632 for $50.77
Moog warranty is 1 yr
Mevotech Mevotech Supreme Chassis five (5) year or 100,000 km limited warranty

So, what do you think. Stick with the Moog or go with Mevotech?

Don't think I will order yet until I take them loose and check them out.

Huh. Of course, like most folks, they call it a "strut mount" - but check http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/rafr...&parttype=7600 (yah, it's for a Cougar. Same part. Check the Moog part number!).

Moog. Or KYB. Or even Monroe - all three specialize in these parts.

MEVOTECH is ... well, it's what you call a "cost reduced" part, i.e., they took too much out of it.

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OK, yeah, Thanks a lot.
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Bad news today guys. Got email about my order from fordpartsgiant. Unfortunately part # E9SZ-3A187-A has been discontinued by Ford and is no longer available. That's the bushing for the strut rod to the frame.
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Unfortunately part # E9SZ-3A187-A has been discontinued by Ford and is no longer available. That's the bushing for the strut rod to the frame.
Bushing kit.

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So now fordpartsgiant is sold out too

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Bad news today guys. Got email about my order from fordpartsgiant. Unfortunately part # E9SZ-3A187-A has been discontinued by Ford and is no longer available. That's the bushing for the strut rod to the frame.
As Rodeo Joe points out, bushing KIT.

You can buy the bushings separate, but you need good ferrules.

If you've got one-part units, you may need to torch the old bushings off to get to the ferrules.

In the mean time, I think I will be raiding the local U-Pull-Its for ferrules (and complete strut rods!)...

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Here is the latest email from fordpartsgiant

Unfortunately we did not buy the remaining stock for these parts. My warehouse indicated that only that part was discontinued. We did check with other Ford warehouses and dealerships to see if we could get the part but we were unsuccessful. We will proceed with the remaining parts for your order but we do not know where you could find the discontinued part. You could try an aftermarket company but I would not know which one.



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Well, go to your local Ford dealers parts dept. Ask, when they tell you it's discontinued ask them to do a search and see if any other dealers are showing a stock. That's how I got mine last month. $114.30 +shipping (each). They were shipped here from a dealership in Texas.

There still may be a few kits around but they wont be for long. The next step is get good hardware if yours is bad and buy the bushings separately. Use the diagram at fordpartsgiant to get each individual part number.

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Will Moog bushings eventually have to suffice after all these ones are gone?

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I must have bought the last set... I got a tracking number, anyway.

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So what's the best way to preserve rubber?

Since the kits are gone, I went ahead and ordered just the bushings, hoping I can reuse my metal pieces...

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So what's the best way to preserve rubber?

Dont get any oils on it ... if your Power steering or anything else is leaking, FIX IT ASAP !!!
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yes power steering fluid is bad on those bushings, or any oils really.

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